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Family Group: C.68B-1950

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Family Group


Factory: Naples Royal Porcelain Factory
Factory: Real Fabbrica Ferdinandea
Modeller: Taglioni, Filippo




Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels. A gentleman and his wife stand with a dog and their little boy between them on a low oval base.

Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded, and painted overglaze in blue, dark green, yellow, flesh pink, red, grey, greyish-brown, dark brown, and black enamels. The glazed underside is concave, and has a rounded rectangular ventilation hole on the viewer’s right.
The oval base has rounded rocky sides and a flat top, and is coloured pale grey. The father stands on the left, supported by a low tree stump or rock. A small dog sits beside him. The mother is on the right and their little boy is between them. The father stands on his left leg and has his right leg forward; his right hand is tucked into his coat and he looks towards his wife. He wears a greyish-brown wig with a queue, a dark green coat with partly red collar, yellow breeches, white stockings and black buckled shoes, and holds a black hat in his left arm. The mother has long wavy greyish-brown hair, and wears a white cap with a red ribbon round it, a yellow coat with dark brown spots and dark brown fur edging and collar, a white dress, and pale blue shoes. She looks towards her husband, and has her left hand inside a dark brown fur muff and her right hand over it. The child steps forward on his right leg and holds up his right hand in front of his father; his left is tucked into his sash. He has greyish-brown hair, and wears a pale grey hat, an all in one white suit scattered with groups of four blue dots, a red sash and black shoes. The dog is white with black patches.


History note: Unknown before Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Naples ⪼ Campania ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1950-09) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Late 18th century
Circa 1785 CE - 1795 CE


Although Naples is a place associated with both factories, at least one factory is also listed as being associated with the "Kingdom of the Two Sicilies".

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue, dark green, yellow, flesh pink, red, grey, greyish-brown, dark brown, and black)
Base Depth 12.2 cm Width 16.7 cm cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, press-moulded in parts, assembled, glazed, and painted overglaze in blue, dark green, yellow, flesh pink, red, grey, greyish-brown, dark brown, and black enamels. The glazed underside is concave, and has a large rounded rectangular ventilation hole on the viewer's right.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: probably N under crown, indistinct

  • Text: N under a crown
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Factory mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.68B-1950
Primary reference Number: 140346
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 19 October 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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